Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Battery After Slapping Georgia Reporter’s Backside on Camera

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WSAV reporter Alex Bozarjian was covering a footrace in Savannah, Ga., when a man came up from behind her and slapped her on camera. Now the perpetrator has been brought to justice.

Thomas Callaway, who was caught on video slapping Bozarjian’s backside during the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run on Dec. 7, 2019, yesterday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. He was sentenced to one year of probation and has been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and complete 200 hours of community service.

“After nine months I finally got some closure,” Bozarjian tweeted about the conclusion of the case. “I’d say this is where accountability meets forgiveness. Thank you to all of you who’ve supported me through this. Your body, your rules. We’re doing better in 2020.”


The video of the battery had previously gone viral, generating millions of views after it was posted in December. At the time, Bozarjian said that Callaway’s actions “violated, objectified and embarrassed” her. Callaway, who had been running the race, previously had been banned from running events in the Savannah region.